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moth we are her baby in tow being arrested by police. now mom is suing the city and police department saying they went too far. cheryl hurd has more. >> reporter: now, this case happened bay back in july of 2010. i talked to the victim and the attorney in this case, and they tell me why they think this is a clear case of police brutality. >> i walked down the block with my son in the stroller and the police approached me, and after a few words, i was placed you believed arrest. >> reporter: what happened after the arrest is why she is suing the san francisco police department. >> at one point, the officer was putting me in the car, and got really, really frustrated. >> reporter: as you can see from the cell phone video, taken by a citizen living on the third floor of a building, and given to us by bright's attorney, it
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shows what happened next. >> he grabbed me by the throat and slammed me face first into the cement. >> reporter: bright says her mother-in-law is the one who initially called police. bright's attorney daniel sharp filed a claim against the city and a lawsuit against the police chief at the time of the incident. >> we've got evidence of what appears to be a battery on a citizen by a police officer, captured on video, and that officer is never charged with anything. >> sometimes you have to grab their hair and push them in for their own protection. >> reporter: former police chief anthony robera viewed the tape three times and says he doesn't believe the officers used excessive force. >> it didn't look like a deliberate throwdown to me. it looked like he was gaining his balance and it was either she went down or he went down. and she was the one that initiated it. >> reporter: bright says she lashed out at police because she was worried about her
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4-month-old son in a stroller. >> throwing someone on the ground face first when they're handcuffed, i couldn't call that part of a police officer's duties. >> reporter: a spokes perp for the police department says he can't comment because the case is in litigation. >> the value of it, it shows the general public what police officers have to go through. >> there was no reason for the officer to brutalize me the way that he did. i was no threat to them. >> reporter: bright says that this has been a life changing event for her. her child was taken away, but the family is now back together. she also says she's been clean and sober for over a year. her attorney is suing for financial damages. i'm cheryl hurd, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, cheryl. right now on, we want to know what you think. does the san francisco mom have a case or were police justified given that she was drunk and had an infant with her?
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just search mom fights back and weigh in. a shocking revelation by pg&e raises questions about how safe the utility's infrastructure remains throughout the bay area. a utility spokesman tells us 14 people, six employees and eight contract inspectors carried out poor checks of electrical enclosures or in many cases didn't check at all. they're accused of also falsifying reports. 23 enclosures went unchecked in the south bay. the utility plans to check more than 13,000 enclosures in san jose alone. three pg&e employees involved in the investigation are under suspension while six other workers are still being interviewed. the five contractors connected to the falsified checks are no longer employed by pg&e. a nearly decades old confession and discovered hipbone cracked a 30-year-old bay area cold case. for decades her family agonized
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over the disappearance of the 21-year-old. tonight, a resolution and the breakdown from detectives for the first time revealing how they turned a cold case into a closed case. george kiriyama has more. >> reporter: investigators and a family always held on, believing they would find closure in this case. from the moment she was abducted in this parking lot to the dna match of one of her bones 34 years later, they never gave up hope. >> it was time for her to be bound. >> reporter: after 34 years of searching, investigators from walnut creek and napa county were able to confirm a bone found in a creek bed was from 21-year-old lou ellen. the break in the case came eight years ago when this man, roger kibby, the i-5 strangler, confessed to killing her and
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leaving her body at the lake. investigators took kibby a number of times to the lake over the next few years only to find nothing. >> it was pretty discouraging to put that much effort into nothing. >> reporter: then earlier this year, after looking at area photos and maps, investigators narrowed their search to a specific creek bed. after five minutes of searching, they find a hipbone. >> it's nothing short of a miracle, being able to see the size of a quarter of the bone sticking out of the water. >> reporter: tests confirm the bone was from lou ellen. >> she never expected us to find anything of her daughter. and you could tell that she was very relieved as a mom to have a piece of her daughter back. >> there were times during our talk that i think tom and i both had lumps in our throat and the family was very, very happy. >> reporter: and in the quiet
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pleasant hill neighborhood where ellen grew up, neighbors say it was nice to have closure 34 years later. >> it was still sad, but i'm sure that it's better to have it finalized, to know timely, you know. >> and it was also a very emotional time for all of us involved. we've been tied up with this case for many, many years. >> reporter: now, investigators will hand over her remains to the family for burial in the family plot in oregon. george kiriyama, nbc bay area news. just in tonight at 11:00, in oakland lawmakers agreed on a budget hours before the med night deadline. the city council passed a new budget for the next two years. it closes a $58 million deficit. much relying on sweeping concessions from city workers. it also assumes the $28 million sale of an unusable building to its own redevelopment agency. the concession
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for the first time in years, california has an ontime budget. the governor signed it today, but not surprisingly there's a problem. part of the deal requires redevelopment agencies to send more money to schools and local governments, but this requirement is facing legal threats. >> what they've done is they've set up an extortion scheme where they say if you don't give us x amount of dollars that we're going to abolish you. >> they say the move violates prop 22. budget backers and governor brown say the plan is sound and legal. mean while, the temporary taxes passed in 2009 are about to disappear. sales, vehicle and income tax hikes expire in about 45 minutes at midnight. a familiar name is back in the headlines tonight. meg whitman is weighing in on
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california's new budget, which has state democrats firing back. >> whitman, who ran the most expensive campaign in california history to the tune of $180 million, has kept a low political profile, until this wednesday, when the former ebay chief said brown's budget is "a political budget without a road map to real reform, like we know california really needs." the state democratic party chairman down played the comments. in a statement released today, burton said he would like to see whitman's version of the budget saying, beyond immediately adding 40,000 people to up the employment roles had the people been dumb enough to elect her." it will be a tough weekend for many military families. in the south bay, instead of fireworks and a barbecue, jean,
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this sounds very interesting. >> reporter: the fourth of july can be a difficult holiday for military families with loved ones in a war zone. now an effort to honor those families has special meaning. >> it goes both ways. i'm happy, i'm proud. and then i'm sad. you know, she's not here. >> reporter: they are proud parents preparing for an emotional independence day. their daughter, rebecca, is in afghanistan, deployed in may, she had to leave her husband and 6-month-old baby anthony behind in colorado. >> she knew as a new mom that she would have to leave her baby behind. >> reporter: it's a difficult situation. communication with her is spotty at best. >> i haven't heard from her in two weeks. >> reporter: but they are counting their blessings.
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>> we were lucky enough that our son-in-law brice didn't have to deploy to iraq. he was supposed to deploy this past september, so he is currently home taking care of our grandson. >> reporter: as they face what could be a difficult fourth of july, people in town are lifting them up. >> we're here basically to acknowledge them, to say thank you. maybe it's because they never did it for our guys way back in the '60s. >> reporter: mike is with operation yellow ribbon, organizing care package deliveries and compiling a list of local soldiers away from home this holiday season. the names will be read and family also be honored on the fourth. >> everything the townspeople are doing for us is a good thing and not only our daughter but all the troops should be celebrated. >> reporter: that specialer is mopey will happen here on monday
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around noon. reporting live, jean elle, nbc bay area news. >> thank you, jean. an alzheimer's researcher makes a stunning discovery. >> i can't believe that this can happen. it's just too ironic. it can't be true. but it is true. >> it is true. diagnosed with the very disease she wants to cure. but a bay area researcher is using her own diagnosis to find the amss that have eluded the world. the feds say it's time to cut the grass. but why the medical boom in medical marijuana may get busted. the week started with record breaking rain. now just on the cusp of the holiday weekend, comfortable temperatures for your morning drive. but get ready for 90 degree temperatures beginning tomorrow, perhaps close to 100. right after the break, the
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embarrassing security breach that shows some big holes in airport security. [ kate ] if this icelandic mud could work wonders on my skin,
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an embarrassing and potentially dangerous story has the tsa doing damage control. an agent allowed a man to board a flight with an outdated boarding pass and invalid i.d. a nigerian man is in custody tonight charged with being a stowaway. we bring in beverly white from our l.a. station who joins us from lax. beverly, with all the security checkpoints we go through to board a flight, how could this man slip right through? >> reporter: it makes you wonder, raj. it was a tsa document checker and the virgin american gate crew at kennedy new york airport who failed to intercept this accused stowaway. tonight, we're learning it was a crew from delta here at lax and the fbi who waylaid this frequent flyer. travelers say they've learned to live with extra steps before boarding. >> it's not up to par at all, but it's acceptable for now.
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>> reporter: now a troubling breakdown in security after a u.s. citizen of nigerian descent flew from new york to lax on virgin america last friday, using someone es's boarding pass and a 5-year-old university of michigan student i.d. experts say the system is flawed. >> it's time that we got it straight. we've had these speeches. once that individual gets on an airplane, that's where the trouble could begin. >> i am not buying the story that he wanted to just fly for free. i can think of easier ways to have fun, and i can think of less costly ways when it comes to prosecution. >> reporter: he was questioned and released when he landed at lax. then arrested yesterday trying the same stunt with delta airlines, while under fbi observation. observers say if there ice an upside, it's that he was caught at all. >> it's the flight crew that should be commended. it was the flight crew on virgin that noticed they had one more
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passenger than they should. >> the majority of people don't do that. >> reporter: the crews at new york kennedy will now be subject to retraining. as for the 24-year-old man, he will appear in court tomorrow. i'm beverly white, nbc bay area news. operate at your own risk, that's the warning for medical marijuana dispensaries. u.s. deputy attorney general james cole said anyone in the business of cultivating, selling or distributing marijuana is in violation of the controlled substances act regardless of state law. an earlier memo in 2009 appeared to give states cover from prosecution. now prosecutors are only asked not to focus on patients and caregivers. some of the best minds in
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alzheimer's are right here in the bay area, trying to determine what triggers this disease and how to treat it. but there's one researcher who has a personal stake in finding a cure. she's gone from researcher to patient. >> i worked from the concept point. >> reporter: she has a ph.d. in microbiology and spent years working on a vaccine for alzheimer's. now she's more devoted than ever to find a cure which afflicts 5.4 million americans. researcher to patient. >> i kept ignoring it. i just couldn't believe that it might be true. >> reporter: but it was true. and six years ago, burke received the official diagnosis. early onset alzheimer's.
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which strikes people younger than 65. >> i said i can't believe that this can happen. it's just too ironic. it can't be true. but it is true. >> reporter: despite the diagnosis, burke is continuing her work on alzheimer's research as a volunteer. >> i think just like you say, a multifaceted approach to treatment is what we're aiming for. >> reporter: and even though she's no longer working in the lab, she's now part of a clinical trial, testing the same vaccine she helped research. >> it's one of those great ironies of life. i would have never guessed that this could have happened. >> we've developed some interesting new strategies. >> reporter: dr. leonard is a world renowned researcher. they have known each other for years. her courage in fighting alzheimer's inspires him. >> we hear a lot about staying
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mentally active. well, i don't know a more mentally active person than ray lynn. >> reporter: but he's realistic. it will take much more than beingmentally active to beat alzheimer's. >> we're not going to defeat this disease by doing cross world puzzles. we need powerful medications. >> it can happen to anyone. it's not the end of life when it happens. life changes, but there's still significant contributions to be made. >> reporter: and that's what burke will continue to do, as long as the disease will let her. marianne favro, nbc bay area news. >> both stress the need for people to get involved in alzheimer's clip call trials and the alzheimer's association has a free clinical trial matching service. we'll put that information on our website at
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he went from meteorologist today to catering serviceman. bringing us just a slew of yummy things. rob mayeda is in the weather center. you came back with a bounty of yummy food. >> that was from downtown san jose, and we brought the food to the newsroom and it was like dropping food in a fish tank, it was gone in seconds. you can enjoy that all the way through sunday. the weather is going to be fantastic. 63 right you in san jose. san francisco, about 58 degrees. still a sea breeze out there. 61 in oakland. no worries about rain. the jet stream is way off to the north. interestingly enough, we're going to track what's left of tropical storm arlene, which crossed over the eastern coast of mexico. as that moisture reappears in baja, california, there's a slight chance for the southern mountains we might see some of that moisture by tuesday or wednesday of next week. it's not going to impact the holiday, but something to watch
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out for next week. in meantime, tomorrow morning will be the comfortable time of day. towards lunchtime, 70s and 80s and beginning tomorrow, 90s throughout morgan hill and gilroy, 87 san jose. your several-day holiday forecast, fourth of july looks hot inland. lots of 90s. probably through the middle part of next week with 70s out on thn plans.
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and there they are, the duke and duchess of cambridge in canada. this is prince william's third trip to canada but kate's first. fans of all ages lined the streets and erupted with cheers. they met with veterans and laid a wreath at the tomb of the unknown soldier. tomorrow, they will be part of the celebration of canada day. next weekend, they head to southern california. >> and the hoopla arrives in our next of the words. joining us now, henry wolford. we would never trade you to the golf channel or anything like that, just for the record. >> i feel like i'm a lucky guy all of a sudden. thank you so much for telling me that. the a's say goodbye to a fan favorite, and are we saying goodbye to the nba for a little while?
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details are next. .
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welcome back to nbc bay area. when i was a teenager, mom made it clear, if you don't make it home by curfew, you get locked out. and having that door closed on you is not a good feeling. nfl and nba players can now relate. both sports are in a lockout. the nba lockout began at 9:01 pacific time tonight. the league and players will have to work out a new collective bargaining agreement. an nba spokesman said the league
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needs a new business model that allows all 30 teams to compete for a championship. also, a's are convinced that their 24-year-old second baseman jamal weeks is the real deal, so they traded mark ellis and cash to the colorado rockies for pitcher bruce billings and a player to be named later. ellis is oakland's all-time leader in games played at second base. >> it's a good opportunity for us, and we're going to miss the times we had, but it happens a lot in baseball. it's something that players go through and it's part of the game. obviously i'll cherish the memories i've made here. >> sticking with the green and gold, the a's had a matinee game with the marlins. top of the 5th, 3-0 florida. john buck doubles and that
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brings in two runs. 5-0 marlins. bottom of the 9th, curt suzuki with a two-run homer. a's cut the lead to 5-4. but they were counting on their rookie to tie this game. didn't happen. marlins win 5-4 is your final. giants and cubs. chicago won in walkoff fashion last night. top of the 13th, panda swinging the bat well. pablo sandoval gets his sixth homer of the year, gives the giants a 2-1 lead. but bottom of the 13th, soto with a three-run shot. cubs win in walkoff fashion again, 5-2 is your final. >> two outs, 0-2, you know, you have two strikes there twice and could. close it out. it's just one of those games, i guess it wasn't meant to be because we squandered so many opportunities. we've got to do a better job to
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get the runs in. just no margin of error. >> that will do it for sports. giants and tigers. raj and jessica will be back
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.s, [ kate ] if this icelandic mud could work wonders on my skin,
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imagine what it could do for my business. now, i just had to figure out a way to get it back to the states. so i called john, my citibank small business expert. [ john ] kate, how are you? [ kate ] he got me a line of credit and together we made it happen. now, my spa has more business than ever. ...and so does our cleaning crew. [ male announcer ] at citibank, we believe small business is a big deal. what's your story? citibank can help you write it.
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it's thursday night. >> thursday night. >> so we officially just begin our holiday weekend now. >> what's it going to be? >> it looks warm. two nights ago it was record breaking rain. but good timing, it's going to be gorgeous outside, a little hot towards the trivalley. but the coast, 70s. great for barbecues this weekend. fourth of july also. for now fog free. i do think we're going to probably see the low clouds stay offshore along the coast. >> barbecue. the weekend b. >> let the weend beg.
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